A Complimentary Holy Week-Themed Duomo Concert

As an anticipation of the Christian Holy Week, the Duomo’s “O flos colende” program series will host Les Talens Lyriques for a free concert on Wednesday, April 10 at 9:15 pm. Founded by harpsichordist and conductor Christophe Rousset in 1991, the French ensemble sheds light on obscure works of the European musical tradition by performing a wide variety of vocal and instrumental genres, ranging from Baroque to early Romantic repertoire. Their extensive discography has [...]

International Women’s Day Florence Freebies

Watch out for free museums openings and other perks marking International Women’s Day or Festa della Donna (March 8), an event universally signaled by gifting a bouquet of mimosa. No admission will be charged to women visiting the following city-run museums: Palazzo Vecchio and its tower (open 9 am – 2 pm); Santa Maria Novella (9 am – 5:30 pm); the Brancacci Chapel (10 am – 5 pm); the Bardini Museum (11 am [...]

Riva’s Contemporary Mother & Child Portrayals

Until Jan. 31: NATUS. Salone di Donatello, Basilica of San Lorenzo, Piazza San Lorenzo.  Open Monday to Saturday 10 am – 5 pm. Free admission. Natus is an art show inside the San Lorenzo Church found under the courtyard past the ticket booth all the way to the back and down a staircase. On display are 22 terra cotta and bronze sculptures, all created by artist Ugo Riva, inspired by verses by the poet Davide Rondoni, [...]

Academy Gallery Hosts Free Monday Concert

The public is invited to “Serata Fiorentina,” a complimentary evening of music composed between the 15th and 17th centuries hosted by the Academy Gallery (via Ricasoli 58/60) on Monday, December 10 at 7 pm.  Specialists in Renaissance music, the Capella de la Torre ensemble, led by oboe virtuosa Katharina Baeuml, will play period instruments such as the shawn (the oboe’s predecessor) and will sing as well, with Michelangelo’s David in the background. The [...]

A Free Recital at the Cathedral Museum

The second appointment for the free concert series Note al Museo will take place on Thursday, Nov. 22 at 9 pm. Christophe Coin will perform on his cello, in the Sala del Paradiso of the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo (Cathedral Museum).  The varied program offers music ranging from the 17th century to today. The recital will include Domenico Gabrielli’s Ricercarti, Bach’s Suites, 19th century violinist Alfredo Piatti’s reinterpretation of musical passages from operas and [...]

Pietro De Maria at San Miniato al Monte

Another free concert will be offered at San Miniato al Monte to continue the celebration of its 1,000th anniversary of its founding in 1018. Pianist Pietro De Maria will perform in the basilica Saturday, Nov. 10 at 9 pm. De Maria is an internationally renowned musician who has received numerous accolades for his work, including the Critics’ Prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1990. He interprets music ranging from Bach to Ligeti [...]

Spooky Specials at Local Sandwich Haunt

The Salumeria Verdi deli (Via Giuseppe Verdi 36), or Pino’s Sandwiches as it is known by its many loyal customers, will celebrate Halloween this year with a few festive menu items and discounts and a giveaway! The deli is getting into the spirit of Halloween with the addition of two specially-created sandwiches to its menu for the day on Wednesday, October 31. The limited-time “Sand-witch” will include spicy pumpkin sauce, roast pork, smoked [...]

‘Caro Andrea’: A Free Tribute Music Marathon

This weekend, Andrea Tacchi, longtime principal violin for the Orchestra della Toscana (ORT), will be honored and remembered at a special day long tribute entitled “Caro Andrea.”  The late virtuoso with the silver curls helped found the orchestra in 1980 and was a passionate cultivator of chamber music, initiating many prestigious ensembles over the years until his death in 2016. Friends, colleagues, family members and many great names of classical music will gather [...]

Gift Concerts for San Miniato’s Anniversary

The hidden, hilltop beauty of basilica di San Miniato can be experienced during this week’s musical celebrations of the church and monastery’s 1,000th birthday. On Thursday, Sept. 27 and Friday, Sept. 28 at 9 pm free of entrance, the Orchestra della Toscana will be concluding their summer season with free performances: the world premier of Tigran Mansurian’s Seven Prayers.  The works of a contemporary Armenian composer were selected in view of the fact that San [...]

September 2018 Free Museum Sunday

On Sunday, September 2, no admission will be charged at Florence’s state-run museums, while city-run museums are accessible at no cost to residents of the greater metropolitan area. So, take the opportunity to visit, for free: the Accademia, the Uffizi Gallery and the Archeological Museum; the Palatine Gallery, the Porcelain Museum, the Costume Gallery and the Silver Museum in the Pitti Palace; the Boboli Gardens; the Bargello (National Sculpture Museum), the Archeological Museum; [...]